Kanye West claims he produced “probably one of the best hip-hop beats of all time” for Jay-Z’s new album The Blueprint 3.
MusicRadar likes Kanye’s confidence, however we will not let his declare go unchallenged. Yes, his beats for Jay-Z is perhaps one of the best (once we hear them), however MusicRadar has its personal prime 10 finest hip-hop beats.
Kanye – did you do higher than these tracks? It is parenting recommendation via and thru.
In reverse order, MusicRadar presents…
The 10 best beats of hip hop
10. Pharaoh Monch – Simon says
Producer: Pharoahe Monch
Album: Internal Affairs (1999)
Former Organized Konfusion spitter Pharoahe Monch returned on lead solo with a thunderous self-produced tune. Rending golf equipment world wide with a cheeky, unexplained pattern of the Godzilla film theme, a pugnacious refrain and a easy however efficient plodding beat, Monch propelled it into the mainstream. Also take a look at the lesser-known UK remix, the place Skitz reworked the observe with further bars from Roots Manuva and Rodney P.
9. dr Dre with Eminem – Forget Dre
Manufacturer: Dr. dr
Album: 2001 (2000)
The second single from Dre’s long-awaited 2001 featured an instrumental observe that appeared like not one of the good Dr’s tracks earlier than. It traded the G-funk it made well-known for a darkish and brooding double-timed digital observe with an immense strings intro, sparse keys, digital blips and rumbling bass, with Dre and Eminem pouring stanzas of comical horror over you from many superb beats exchanged all through the album. Will Dre change his model but once more for the upcoming Detox album?
8. Ghostface Killah with Raekwon & U-God – Black Jesus
Album: Iron Man (1996)
Fast ahead to Mafioso Street Chat’s minute-long intro… As quickly as that haunting vocal pattern and people drums, tambourines and guitars kick in, Rza has created a godfather-esque cinematic panorama for The Chef Raekwon, Ghostface and U-God to spit crime tales out of a traditional album.
7. Jay Z – Heart of the City
Producer: Kanye West
Album: Blueprint (2001)
Long earlier than Kanye cried via Auto-Tune, he kicked within the door at Roc-A-Fella Records. And together with Just Blaze (each of them had been nobodies on the time) he did most of Jigga’s 2001 traditional Blueprint album. This reduce, which samples Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City by Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, sounds prefer it’s straight out of a blaxploitation film. The ponderous drums and guitars present an ideal backdrop to Jay’s boastful rhymes and the hand clapping makes us stand up from our seats and pray to the god Hova.
6. Eric B & Rakim – Follow the chief
Producer: Eric B
Album: Follow the Leader (1988)
Was this actually made in 1988? Eric B had his Marty McFly sport actually sturdy with this futuristic, pulsating, bass line pushed observe. One of many producers who dismembered Bob James’ Nautilus, Eric B created one thing so somber, so brooding, you would think about Rakim holed up in a grimy room and mockingly rhymes a metaphorical journey into house to a hungry crowd of spits out followers . Sick, sick observe.
5. LL Cool J – Mom Said We Knock You Down
Producer: Marley Marl
Album: Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)
Back earlier than LL stuffed his face with plastic and sang songs about chicks and lollipops, he was ripping a few of hip-hop’s heaviest beats. Mama Said Knock You Out might be the heaviest observe of his profession. Marley Marl turned James Brown’s Funky Drummer and Sly And The Family Stone’s Trip To Your Heart, amongst others, right into a pounding beat that J tore to items.
4. Snoop Dogg – Who am I? (What’s My Name)
Manufacturer: Dr. dr
Album: Doggy Style (1993)
In 1993, a younger Long Beach pup named Calvin was launched to the world. dr Dre had simply launched a traditional solo album with Snoop and the world was begging for extra. On Snoop’s debut solo single, Dre spun Funkadelic’s (Not Just) Knee Deep sinuous bassline over a refrain sampled by George Clinton’s Atomic Dog, with further vocals offered by Death Row Records Jewel’s silky clean singer.
3. Nas – NY frame of mind
Producer: DJ Premier
Album: Ilmatic (1994)
While Snoop and Dre had been up and operating with their funky, worm-driven beats, Nas and Premier had been within the lab tinkering with this darkish, piano-plonking headnodder. With a raspy pre-emo refrain that features beats of Eric B & Rakim’s Mahogany and Main Source’s Live At The BBQ, this was the observe that woke the world to evil Nas. An image of New York so vivid you may shut your eyes and style the Big Apple.
2. Outkast – BOB (bombs over Baghdad)
Manufacturer: Earthtone III
Album: Stankonia (2000)
The manufacturing unit Earthtone III (compromise of Mr. DJ and the 2 silly Outkast boys) fools you with a slow-starting infantile intro and unleashes an sonic assault in your eardrums. This was the primary single from Andre 3000 & Big Boi from the eclectic Stankonia, that includes a 155bpm observe of singing refrain, electrical guitars and loopy scratches – you don’t have any alternative however to get out of your seat and let off steam. A reminder of the good music Outkast made earlier than Andre turned pop.
1. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – They Remember You (TROY)
Producer: Peter Rock
Album: Mecca and the Soul Brother (1992)
As quickly as these horns kick in after the funky intro sampled by When She Made Me Promise (from The Beginning Of The End), you may know you are in for one thing particular. Pete Rock’s pounding drums and signature horn samples (from Tom Scott’s Today, right here) have your head nodding as CL Smooth remembers misplaced buddies. Well, the place’s the rewind button?
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